If you’re looking to store your baby clothes for future use, to gift them to friends or family, or simply as a keepsake, knowing how to do it properly is vital. Storing your baby clothes in a storage unit is an excellent way to ensure they stay preserved and in the same condition as the day when you put them away.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind in terms of preparing and organizing baby clothes. The good news is: it’s easy! Fairfax City Self Storage has compiled a number of tips you can use to store baby clothes in a storage unit. Read on as we explore some helpful tips on how to store baby clothes, long-term.
Why opt for a Storage Unit?
Whether you are moving, undertaking a home renovation project, or looking for a permanent solution to store your outgrown baby clothes, temperature controlled storage units can provide you with that extra bit of space you need.
Selecting a storage unit means you receive peace of mind. As most units have temperature control and solid construction, you can rest assured your items are safe and easily accessible at all times. And the best thing is – they won’t take up precious space within your house or bedroom closet! You’ll know where to find them when you need them, and, in the meantime, you won’t have to worry about mold, moths, or other factors that could damage or discolor your baby clothes.
Now that we’ve covered the reasons you should consider storage units as a solution for storing baby clothes, let’s move on to some helpful tips to organize and keep them in perfect condition.
How to Store Baby Clothes for Future Use?
Once you’ve decided where you want to store baby clothes, keep the following tips in mind when preparing them for storage.
Wash and Dry Everything
Your first step should be to launder all the clothes, regardless of what you want to do with them. You’ll want everything clean from any dirt or stains and smelling fresh before they’re put away. Washing everything can also help you spot some stubborn stains or permanently stained items.
Finally, make sure you’ve dried the clothes completely before storing them. After all, you don’t want mold or mildew to develop over time, and any leftover moisture can cause just that.
Select What You Want to Keep
While it may be tempting to simply keep all of the clothes, baby toys, and other items, the truth is, some of them won’t be used in the future. You may want to keep some of them as hand-me-downs and others as keepsakes. Separate you baby clothes accordingly to help with your organization and to save on space.
Once you’ve rounded up all the clothes, check them piece by piece and separate them into a couple of neat piles. For example, there can be a pile you want to keep in the family, a pile you want to gift to someone, and a pile you won’t need.
When you’re done, you can pack the clothes you won’t keep in a separate bag or storage container and prepare them for donation.
Sort by Size and Season
Putting in a little extra effort to sort all your baby clothes in piles by size and season will help you a lot in the future. Take the time to separate the items you want to keep and label accordingly. This way, when you want to look for a specific item, you won’t have to sift through all the boxes or bags. You can even go a step further and take a picture of the clothes so you can associate them with specific containers.
Fold Everything Neatly
Before you store your outgrown clothes, make sure to fold them properly so that they take up less space and avoid creasing. There are several folding methods you can use, and, as a bonus tip, we would recommend stacking similar pieces together: tops, bottoms, socks, etc.
Once everything is sorted, folded, and stacked, your clothes are ready to be packed for storage.
Pack in Vacuum Bags and Plastic Bins
Vacuum bags are a great solution for baby clothes storage. They will help you organize and save space. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about moisture or other external factors once you seal the bag and vacuum all the air out. Finally, vacuum bags are quite affordable so you won’t need to spend too much money, even if you have a bunch of clothes that you need to store.
Consider placing the filled vacuum storage bags in plastic storage bins for extra protection. Apart from ensuring your keepsakes and hand-me-downs are well-protected, plastic bins can be quite practical.
Since they are sturdy, you can stack them one on top of the other for more space efficiency, they are easy to label, and they let you easily move around your stored clothes.
Store All Your Baby Clothes in a Storage Unit Safely and Conveniently
Discover how a storage unit at Fairfax City Self Storage can be the perfect solution for your storage needs. We offer storage units of different sizes and with a variety of facility features at our state-of-the-art location, just off the beltway. If you need any help, our friendly staff will be here to answer any questions you may have and help you make a choice.
We hope our tips have helped you get a better idea of how to store baby clothes and protect them from damage until you need them again. Contact us or call 703-978-1200 today for more information about our storage units or if you have questions.